Have some houseplants pleases everyone, but being able to keep them alive is often a different story. So that your plants are always greener, here are our tips to take care of them , with the right balance of water, light and heat.

The light

A plant can not live without light. Arrange your house plants in the brightest of the home, such as near windows, especially those oriented to the east. In winter, when the days get shorter, keep the plants less than 1.5 m from the windows, so they can take full advantage of the few hours of daylight. Artificial lighting (fluorescent tubes, mercury lamps or sodium) is used to place the plants even in dark corners.

Good to know :

* Try to protect your plants from direct sunlight because the rays are likely to burn the leaves. If this happens, remove the dead leaves.
* The dust prevents the passage of light, clean regularly the leaves of your plants.
* If your plants will fail to light yellow leaves and stems lasted upwards.

The temperature

Most houseplants are well adapted to the temperature of the interior , but try not to overheat your home and not put the plants near the radiator, or risk drying out. It also avoids the air currents, which may annoy the plants and cause them a thermal shock. The ideal temperature for a plant is 20 °, however most appreciates a lower temperature than the winter (between 15 ° and 18 °) and a variation of 2-3 ° between day and night. You can get these changes antidote a heating thermostat controller. In summer you can put the plants on the balcony or in the garden, with the exception of small or weak.

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The air humidity

humidity. Since you can not have this level of humidity in the house, you have plants near a humidifier or put the clay pellets soaked in water in flower vases: evaporating water will create a humid atmosphere around the plant. When it is hot, or if you keep your heating to more than 20 °, vaporizes water regularly on the leaves of your plants. Good to know : if the environment is not wet enough, your plants will grow more slowly, the edge of their leaves turn black and the leaves themselves will tend to turn yellow and fall. To remedy humidifies plenty of plants with a vaporizer, insisting on the underside of the leaves.

The watering

The frequency with which you need to water your plants depends on the humidity in the air and the ambient temperature. For regulation to keep in mind a few things:

* Compared to plastic pots, terracotta pots allow the roots to breathe better and retain water longer, allowing you to water less often. Wait as long as the clay is completely dry before watering.
* Do not water your plants too often the plants better withstand periods of drought and heavy rains. If your plant has a stem or trunk, you just water it every 15 days, the other plants should be watered once a week. Before watering expects the earth in the pot is dry.
* Always use non-calcareous water and an hour after you water the plant empty the saucer. Found also to a drainage system, putting the balls of clay or small stones on the bottom of the pot.

Good to know : If a plant has received too much water or, on the contrary, not enough has yellow leaves and withered. If your plant needs water and put the pot in a bucket of water. In the opposite case, remove the plant from the vessel, allowed to dry land and stop in another vessel.

Fertilizer : During the period of plant growth, between March and September, you can use the fertilizer, being careful not to exceed the dose prescribed on the bottle.

Re potting : If the roots of your plant are highly developed, if your plant does not flower enough or if it grows too slowly, you must change the vase. Choose a pot with a diameter of 2 to 3 cm larger than the former. This operation should be carried out preferably in late winter, before flowering.

The size , if your plan has some dead branches, leaves damaged, weak or sprigs of dried flowers, cut with shears.

Mentoring : to support and direct the branches of very large plants can use a mentor.